Author: Nash Summers
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages/Word Count: 127 Pages
At a Glance: I hope you guys will give this beautiful story of love and redemption a try!
Reviewed By: Jules
Blurb: Scott Halleck and Julian Reeves are polar opposites in almost every way. Scott, a modern arts curator at a museum in Chicago, relishes the finer things in life. Julian is a strange photographer whose hair color changes as frequently as his mood. As far as Scott can see, Julian is an erratic know-it-all who lives his life one day to the next. To Julian, Scott is an uptight, too-coiffed perfectionist.
As the two men continue to run into each other, their dislike grows, but beneath that animosity, a fire is beginning to spark. Scott is baffled when he realizes he is falling for Julian, a man who burns hotter than a wildfire. Scott will have to decide, for the first time in his life, if he’ll let the flames take over.
Review: Nash Summers is a multi-faceted talent. She has brought us the quirky and hilarious Maps, as well as the hauntingly beautiful fawn. Her new release, Lovers & Fighters, is equally mesmerizing and gorgeously written, though extremely heavy and dark. It is definitely not your typical M/M romance…which is one of the things I loved about it.
The book starts out hilariously, with a very perplexed and taken-aback Scott having his footwear berated by the extremely colorful ‘Mark’. I loved how the author jumped right in, giving us a little piece of each of their characters. The entire book is in Scott’s POV, but Summers did a great job of also showing us Julian, through their various encounters, as well as how the book was written in each of the scenes. The writing and the descriptions and imagery when Scott is alone, or with another character who is not Julian, is very…careful. Quiet. But, when he is with Julian everything is more explosive and vibrant. Alive. Mimicking how Scott feels when he’s with him.
Scott has always thought that he needed a man like Ryan, an older man who was “safe”, and could be his quiet comfort, when what he truly needs and craves is someone like Julian, someone who can make him feel. On the other hand, Julian burns too brightly on his own, and needs a man like Scott to keep him tethered. He needs someone safe. The big question in this book is, can they ever stop hating each other for long enough to figure out how close they are to loving each other?
I’ve talked in other reviews about what a beautiful writer Nash Summers is. I would be remiss if I didn’t share just a couple of examples of her gorgeous prose and dialogue. I also can’t tell you how difficult it was to choose just these three passages…
These photos demanded attention like the fall demands the frozen chill of winter to create a clean white slate to blanket over its mistakes. I wanted to reach out and touch them, to feel the glossy finish of them against my fingertips in hopes that some of their life would come away with me.
“Have you ever seen anything more beautiful than a carousel? They’re made of magic, and here we are, lucky enough to not only be witness to it, but allowed to come along for the ride,” Julian said.
When I was near those pieces of artwork, I felt like they were fallen stars from somewhere in the heavens that became fed up with the perpetual brightness of themselves and decided to drop down to earth.
Lovers & Haters is SO full of emotion. They are sometimes very in-your-face emotions that are tough to read…but, these are real guys, with real problems. Much of it was heart-breaking, but there were also uplifting, hopeful moments mixed in. I hope you guys will give this beautiful story of love and redemption a try!
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